Bal­ti­more’s war on stat­ues has be­gun

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - R. Heid, Bal­ti­more

Bal­ti­more’s war on stat­ues has be­gun (“Bal­ti­more to keep, clean de­faced Fran­cis Scott Key statue,” Sept. 13), and city of­fi­cials claim “they know of no way to pre­vent fu­ture van­dal­ism.” I sug­gest we place a surveillance cam­era near each and every mon­u­ment so per­pe­tra­tors could be caught in the act. Sim­ple an­swer, prob­lem solved.

Mayor Cather­ine Pugh’s mid­night ride to rid Bal­ti­more of Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues was the open­ing shot, now Colum­bus is in the cross hairs and ap­par­ently so is Fran­cis Scott Key. Eric Hol­comb, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the city’s Com­mis­sion for His­tor­i­cal and Ar­chi­tec­tural Preser­va­tion, claims he “un­der­stood the van­dals’ in­tent,” but called the in­ci­dent “dis­heart­en­ing.” Please, Mr. Hol­comb ex­plain to us what that “in­tent” was, other than out­right crim­i­nal de­struc­tion.

His­tory teaches us about the past, and those lessons help us un­der­stand the present. By do­ing away with every in­con­ve­nient, messy re­al­ity, we an­nul the cur­ric­ula. Ge­orge Or­well il­lus­trated the per­fect so­lu­tion to do away with past un­pleas­ant­ness in his iconic novel 1984. Per­haps Bal­ti­more should con­struct an enor­mous “mem­ory hole” some­where within city lim­its! City Coun­cil might pro­pose such a res­o­lu­tion.

Then again Bal­ti­more might do noth­ing about the de­faced Key mon­u­ment. This de­struc­tive com­men­tary could re­main so cit­i­zens can see what cow­ardly big­ots do in the mid­dle of the night. Dis­fig­ur­ing the statue of Fran­cis Scot Key is a mon­u­ment to in­tol­er­ance and stu­pid­ity.

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